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Re: “Ferrari in the driver's seat

I picked up a copy of the Arkansas Times recently and read about the new CEO, Pierre Ferrari's big plans to pull billionaires, such as Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, who have challenged other billionaires to spread their wealth, into Heifer's fold. The purpose is to develop machinery for processing milk and animal by products so that they will have a larger impact economically for Heifer Partners. Heifer was created by a United Brethren Minister, Dan West, when he was participating as a relief worker during the Spanish Civil War. "Not a cup but a cow" was the philosophy and it was begun by sending actual livestock to indigent countries to give families sustainability. Has this effort, created as a ministry, become a capitalist entity?

I know that for many years, famous people such as Mary Steenburgen and Bill Clinton have supported Heifer's efforts. I was speaking with a worker once who told me that Paul Newman, whose "Hole In the Wall Gang" was an ardent supporter, had canceled an opportunity to meet with him. I jokingly said, "See if I buy any more of his salad dressing." The worker asked if I knew Mr. Newman personally? I was pulled to the side by another Heifer worker who was my tour leader and told, "Mr. Newman is a big supporter of Heifer International". I bought even more salad dressing and spaghetti sauce because he was quietly making a difference in the world through his support of Heifer.

I question whether Heifer's cornerstones are changing. Dan West offended a lady once because she offered him a piece of an elaborate dessert she had created for him saying it wouldn't be right for him to eat such delicacy until every child in the world were fed. His honest, down-to-earth ways of getting people on board with Heifer are what attracted me to the organization. I question whether the capitalist influence of a former CEO of Coca Cola will continue Dan's efforts appropriately and wonder what political implications those influences might have in communities around the world. I need some reassurance that my beloved Heifer will remain my beloved Heifer. Mr. Ferrari, have you talked to the "little people" who have volunteered and done the work of Heifer for years?

Posted by hsmomof4 on 12/26/2010 at 4:09 AM

 

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